Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon + Giveaway

Title:  Mystic Summer
Author: Hannah McKinnon
Publisher:  Atria / Emily Bestler Books, imprint of Simon and Schuster
Release Date:  June 7, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

A chance run-in with a college boyfriend puts a young woman’s picture-perfect life in perspective in this warm-hearted and lyrical novel—from the author of The Lake Season.

Since finishing graduate school, Maggie Griffin has worked hard to build an enviable life in Boston. She’s an elementary school teacher in a tony Boston suburb, a devoted sister, and a loving aunt. With her childhood best friend’s wedding quickly approaching and her own relationship blossoming, this is the summer she has been waiting for.

But when Maggie’s career is suddenly in jeopardy, her life begins to unravel. Stricken, Maggie returns home to seaside Mystic, Connecticut, where she expects to find comfort in family and familiarity. Instead, she runs into Cameron Wilder, a young man from her past who has also returned home, and whose life has taken a turn that puts Maggie’s city struggles in harsh perspective. When tragedy strikes for Cameron, Maggie is faced with big decisions as she weighs what matters most and strives to stay true to the person she’s become.

Set against the gorgeous backdrop of a New England summer when past and present collide, Mystic Summer is a gorgeous novel about looking back, moving forward, and the beauty that blooms when fate intervenes.

Are you one of those readers like me that chooses a book based on your emotions and mood, or possibly occasion? Like I tend to read more Christmas novels leading into the Christmas season or when I'm a little down, I prefer a good 'pick-me-up'. Sometimes when I need a good cry, I go straight to ones I know will get those tear-ducts to start churning.  Well, when I need a good, easy and beachy read, I've one more to add to that collection. Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon.

Mystic Summer is just charming. I can picture the quaint seaside town of Mystic, Connecticut, the main setting of the story, since I've visited it in the past. The characters and their emotional state, along with the issues that arise for them from losing a job due to budget cuts, dealing with difficult clients, betrayals and uncertainties all made them realistic.  Though the storyline may be predictable, it was a delight to read.  The premise of finding one's "home", and where home does not necessary mean a location or a specific city, makes Mystic Summer from simply a delightful beach read to something much more.  The parallels between the Griffin sisters, and how their lives are so different makes for another theme that is so becoming of today's world. A story of friendships, sisterly love, self-discovery and finding home.

NOTE:  I received an ARC of this book through TLC Book Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Hannah McKinnon is the author of The Lake SeasonShe graduated from Connecticut College and the University of South Australia. She lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, with her family, a flock of chickens, and two rescue dogs.

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  1. The Library or Barnes & Noble. Both are my happy places.

  2. Anytime we get to go camping is my relaxing refreshing recharging place.

  3. The beaches in northern Michigan are my let it all wash away places.

  4. Any recliner in my house by the window :]

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  5. I enjoy being at my church when I'm the only one there. I'm home alone during the day and enjoy the peace and quiet.

  6. Right now it is the library or my reading nook. Now this is the type of book I like lol! (Can you tell I am still playing catch up since my vacation!?)lol

  7. I go to the beach to relax and regroup.

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